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UPDATE: Turlock woman killed in crash on Hwy 1 near Morro Bay

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Posted at 8:15 PM, Feb 26, 2022

UPDATE (10:28 a.m.) - A woman was killed in a crash on Highway 1 near Morro Bay Saturday night.

The California Highway Patrol reports a 71-year-old man from Turlock was driving northbound on the highway and made a left-hand turn at San Luisito Creek Road shortly before 6:30 p.m.

The driver reportedly turned his Honda CRV into the path of a Kia Optima vehicle heading southbound, causing the two vehicles to crash.

The female passenger in the Honda was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver suffered major injuries, according to CHP.

Officers say the driver of the Kia, identified as a 50-year-old man from Visalia, also suffered major injuries.

Following the initial impact, another vehicle crashed into the front of the Kia. The extent of her injuries was not disclosed.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The southbound lanes of Highway 1 were closed for nearly two hours, reopening around 8:30 p.m.

UPDATE (8:55 P.M.): Caltrans District 5 posted on Twitter that Highway 1 reopened after being closed from 6:46 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. due to a major traffic collision.

Caltrans District 5 is asking drivers to be cautious of emergency responders clearing the scene.

CAL Fire SLO responded to a collision involving several vehicles at the intersection of South Highway 1 and San Luisito Creek near Morro Bay at 6:26 p.m. Saturday.

The agency said at least seven patients suffered minor to moderate injuries and were transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and French Hospital Medical Center.

According to Caltrans District 5, the southbound lanes of Highway 1 remain closed while one northbound lane remains open.

California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo City Fire Department and Morro Bay City Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Caltrans District 5 there is no estimated time for reopening and recommends travelers to detour to South Bay Boulevard.